Edvard Munch, ‘Theatre Programme: John Gabriel Borkman’, 1897, Christie's

Published with the periodical L'Art et la Scène, Paris, the full sheet, with the usual horizontal and vertical folds, a short vertical tear outside of the subject at upper right, pale light- and time staining, a few unobtrusive scattered foxmarks, otherwise in good condition.
Image 210 x 320 mm., Sheet 278 x 380 mm.

From the Catalogue:
This theatre programme was issued as a folded insert to the magazine L'Art et la Scène to advertise Henrik Ibsen's play John Gabriel Borkman at the Théâtre de l'Oeuvre in Paris, where it was performed in 1897. Only very few examples of this ephemeral print have survived in good condition.

A year earlier, Munch had designed the programme for Peer Gynt (Woll 82), another of Ibsen's plays, at the same theatre, starring Jane Avril and Alfred Jarry, of which Heinrich Becker also owned an impression.
—Courtesy of Christie's

Schiefler 171; Woll 108

Dr. Heinrich Karl Wilhelm Becker (1881-1972), Bielefeld; acquired in Paris in the summer of 1934 (according to a letter from Becker to Edvard Munch dated 9 December 1934 [Munchmuseet MM K 3694]); then by descent to the present owners.

About Edvard Munch

A recognized forerunner of Expressionism, Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch is renowned for his representations of emotion. Associated with the international development of Symbolism, Munch experimented with many different themes, palettes, and styles of drawing. Though stylistically influenced by Paul Gauguin and the Nabis, Munch’s subjects are drawn from his Scandinavian roots and his own tortured psyche. His most famous painting, The Scream (1893), illustrates a tormented cry translated into waves of color that resonate across the landscape. Though based on Munch’s own experience, The Scream has become an instantly recognizable symbol of anxiety and alienation. Often reworking his paintings into etchings and lithographs, Munch was also one of the major graphic artists of the 20th century—he took an experimental approach to printmaking and contributed to the revival of the woodcut.

Norwegian, 1863-1944, Løten, Norway, based in Oslo, Norway